Directs the state education commissioner to conduct an audit and report on statewide compliance with state instructional regulations for arts education and to establish a remediation process for schools found to be out of compliance.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to directing the commissioner of education to conduct an audit and report on statewide compliance with state instructional regulations for arts education
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL Directs the commissioner of education to conduct an audit and report on statewide compliance with state instructional regulations for arts education.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The commissioner of the State Education Department is required to conduct a statewide audit of compliance for arts instruction.
JUSTIFICATION: According to Part 100 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, students are to receive instruction designed to facilitate the attainment of the State elementary learning standards in the arts, including dance, music, theater and visual arts. The instructional requirements track to the percentage of weekly school time allocated to the arts at the elementary level, units of study at the intermediate and commencement levels, and availability of three or five-unit sequences in the arts at the commencement level. Furthermore, it is recommended that instruction be provided by a licensed arts teacher.
As there is no comprehensive accounting of arts instruction provided by the state's public schools, it is not clear if schools and districts are in compliance the state regulations. In New York City, where reporting on arts education offerings began after the 2006-2007 school year, data provided by the New York City Department of Education for the 2007-2008 school year revealed that only 8% of elementary schools were in a position to provide the minimum that is required by the State of New York by offering all four art forms in each grade. Additionally, less than half of New York City middle schools are ensuring that all students are completing the state requirements. This bill is an important step towards ensuring that the arts are a significant part of our youth's learning experience.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.5878-2009: Referred to Rules S.5878-2010: Referred to Education S.3802-2012:
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1029 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. SERRANO, ADDABBO, KRUEGER, MONTGOMERY, PARKER, STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to directing the commis- sioner of education to conduct an audit and report on statewide compliance with state instructional regulations for arts education THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 816 to read as follows: S 816. ARTS INSTRUCTION COMPLIANCE. 1. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL BE AUTHORIZED AND REQUIRED TO COLLECT THE NECESSARY DATA AND INFORMATION TO ASSESS COMPLIANCE WITH STATE EDUCATION REGULATIONS FOR ARTS INSTRUCTION AT ALL SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE STATE ONCE EVERY FIVE YEARS. THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OR TRUSTEES OF ALL SCHOOL DISTRICTS SHALL COMPLY WITH REQUESTS BY THE DEPARTMENT FOR SUCH INFORMATION AS IS DEEMED RELEVANT BY THE DEPARTMENT. 2. THE INITIAL ASSESSMENT REQUIRED BY THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE CONDUCTED AND REPORTED TO THE LEGISLATURE AND THE PUBLIC BY JUNE, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN FOR THE TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN--TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN SCHOOL YEAR AND EVERY FIVE YEARS THEREAFTER. 3. ONCE A DISTRICT HAS BEEN FOUND TO BE COMPLIANT WITH THE STATE EDUCATION REGULATIONS FOR ARTS INSTRUCTION, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED TO ASSESS OR EVALUATE THAT DISTRICT'S LEVEL OF COMPLIANCE AS PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION OR TO INCLUDE INFORMATION CONCERNING THE DISTRICT'S COMPLIANCE WITH STATE EDUCATION REGULATIONS FOR ARTS INSTRUCTION IN THE REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE AND THE PUBLIC AS PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00550-01-3